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Scott Bates Collection

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: MS226

Scope and Contents

Collection is comprised of legal papers from the Franklin County Schools integration case, requests for diversity in hiring within the county, news clippings and a speech from the 1990 Wellesley College valedictorian.


  • 1923 - 2013

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Biographical / Historical

Alfred Scott Bates was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 13, 1923. He studied French at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota before being drafted by the US Army. He was part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, serving as a French interpreter. After returning to the US following the war, he received his MA and PhD from The University of Wisconsin. In 1954, he joined the faculty at The University of the South, teaching French and French film, retiring in 1993. During his time at Sewanee, he joined the board of the Highlander Folk School in 1957, devoted to the cause of worker justice and racial integration in all areas of society. He was a plaintiff in the Hill v. County Board of Education of Franklin County, Tenn. that integrated schools in the county in 1965. He remained a member of the Highlander board until his death in Sewanee on August 25, 2013. His hobbies included birdwatching, painting and poetry. He was married to Phoebe Strehlow Bates and they had four sons: Robin, Jonathan, David and Samuel.


.25 Linear Feet ; One half-sized legal box.

Language of Materials



Collection was not boxed and had no arrangement. Contents are now arranged thematically.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections Repository

735 University Avenue
Sewanee TN 37383-1000